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Old May 25, 2012, 7:36 PM   #1
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Default New Nikon D5100 User

I'm a Nikon D5100 newbie. I'm always on a ball field with a camera in my hand. This is my first SLR. I upgraded from the Sony Cybershot & having trouble adjusting. I purchases the camera with the standard 18-55 mm lens. I also purchased the 55-200mm lens. I assumed the 55-200mm would be a great lens to capture close up action shots of my daughter on the softball field. She's been playing varsity high school ball since age 13. She's a rising sophomore & will be playing a lot of showcase tournaments this summer. I'm building her portfolio & wanted to capture great action shots.
I tested the camera at a scrimmage game this week and was disappointed with the results. I used the 55-200mm lens & zoomed in the pitcher circle from center field (about 240 ft). The pictures were blurry & distant. The settings were in sports mode with continuos release mode and the ISO was set at 1600.
Do I need to upgrade the lens for a better zoom? Is there a way to still view the action on the LCD when shooting? How do I make the photos sharper.
Please help as I need this camera before next weekend tournament or I'll have to go back to my simple Sony point n shoot.
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Old May 26, 2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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Hey Tjackson

What kind of shutter speeds did you have?

If they games were in the evening, then your shutter speeds were probably too slow to freeze movement, as that's a relatively slow (a.k.a., dim) lens for low light events, since it's widest aperture is only f/5.6 when zoomed in much. Typically, you'll need a lens that still gives you f/2.8 (4 times as bright as f/5.6) when zoomed in much for an evening games under the lights, and you'd need to shoot at ISO 3200 with it.

Also, if you're not close enough or a lens is not long enough, you won't be filling the frame enough your subject (where a camera's AF won't be as accurate, and you'd have less detail because fewer pixels would be representing your subject). So, you may need to invest in a longer focal length lens if you can't get close enough to get some keepers.

You may want to post some samples in our Sports & Action Photos Forum, so that some of our Sports Shooters can give you some tips and what you may be able to change to get better results.

BTW, Welcome to Steve's
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